LibriVox recording of The Double: A Petersburg Poem by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Translated by Constance Garnett.)
Read in English by Greg Giordano and sid.
This is the story of a mild-mannered civil servant, Mr. Golyadkin, who begins to see his "doppelganger" appearing in his life (at work, in society, etc). This "double" has all the qualities that the protagonist lacks. His "double" bullies and persecutes him, slowly taking his place in the world. As the story progresses what could have been a true "double" is revealed to the reader as being Mr. Golyadkin's own mind splitting from reality. It is a haunting and tragic tale. (Summary by Greg Giordano)
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October 12, 2014 Subject:
One of Dostoyevsky's autobiographical neurosis and eccentricities novels
The great Dostoyevsky as in the Idiot, is putting a much of his own wonderfully eccentric and painfully neurotic "qualities" into the protagonist or "hero". just started so reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks